Monthly Archives: November 2013

Make fracking industry play on a level playing field

Don’t be misled: fracking is a heavy industrial activity that devastates the environment and poses serious health concerns which have not been adequately studied. Fracking consumes and removes from the ecosystem millions of gallons of water for every fracked well. Fracking injects poisonous and carcinogenic chemicals such as benzene and hydrochloric acid into the ground. The fracking process is so wasteful and inefficient that up to 30% of the industry’s total natural gas production is vented or burned off, further contributing to the greenhouse gas problem and the overheating of the earth’s atmosphere.

If fracking is such a boon to our economy, as its proponents insist, and is such a clean undertaking free of contamination, then remove all the exemptions it currently enjoys from critical environmental standards such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and others.

Make the fracking industry play on a level playing field. Make the industry be accountable for the long-term danger to our climate of venting and burning off up to 30% of produced methane gas from hundreds of thousands of wells.  Let the industry be regulated by an independent agency instead of being self-regulated, as it currently is.


Colorado Oil and Gas Association funds “grassroots” pro-fracking groups

In the two months leading up to the November 2013 elections, Colorado Oil and Gas Association contributed a total of $604,683 to “grassroots” pro-fracking groups which sprung up seemingly out of nowhere. COGA-funded campaigns attempted to defeat fracking moratorium ballot issues in four Colorado Front Range cities, with $256,134 going to Fort Collins, $171,238 to Broomfield, $110,337 to Boulder and $66,974 to Lafayette. As of this writing, all four fracking moratorium ballot initiatives PASSED.

In Fort Collins, where a 5-year fracking moratorium passed in November, Colorado Oil and Gas Association donated $256,134 to the Fort Collins Alliance for Reliable Energy, a pro-fracking group. The group reported $256,234 in donations, with all but $100 coming from COGA.

In Broomfield, Colorado Oil and Gas Association contributed $156,238 to the Broomfield Balanced Energy Coalition, a pro-fracking group. The group received $100 from other sources. COGA also contributed $15,000 to It’s Our Broomfield, Too, a citizen pro-fracking group which reported a total of $16,182 in contributions. The ballot initiative was originally said to have been defeated by 17 votes, then additional votes were counted causing the initiative to pass by 13 votes. Colorado law requires an automatic recount when the margin of victory is less than 1/2 of 1% of all votes cast. The recount will occur in December.

Lafayette Campaign for Energy Choice reported $67,074 in contributions from mid-September through Thursday, with all but $100 coming from the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Lafayette passed a permanent ban on fracking in November.

In Boulder, where a 5-year moratorium on fracking passed in November, COGA gave $110,337 to anti-moratorium group Boulder Citizens for Rational Energy Decisions.


$hift – uncovering the truth about climate change and revealing the case for divestment

A global movement is coming together to challenge the fossil fuel industry in a fight for the planet and our future here.

“$hift” aims to mobilize people to join the divestment movement that is sweeping the nation, exposing divestment from the fossil fuel industry as a practical solution for creating the systemic change that is necessary to sustain a livable planet.

Why Fossil Free Future?

The human activity of burning coal, oil and natural gas is the primary source of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity is the largest single source of CO2 emissions in the United States, accounting for about 38% of total U.S. CO2 emissions and 32% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2011.

We have an endless supply of energy from the sun and the wind and there’s no environmental downside to harnessing them! Solar power converts sunlight into electricity using a series of photovoltaic cells connected together to form panels. Wind power converts wind to electricity by means of wind turbines. Both solar and wind power are plentiful, renewable and produce no greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar panels are cheaper than ever before. Small wind turbine systems are available which are suitable for residential rooftop installations. You can obtain tax credits for installing a solar or wind power system. In many states you can sell excess power back to the grid, reducing your monthly electric bill. There’s no better time than now to look into converting your home and your life to use clean, renewable alternative energy sources.